After our fun in Cheyenne it was time to start making our way to Wisconsin to see the Old Man’s family and catch a pre-season Packers game. Since we had some time we took our time and headed through some of the “fly over” states to color them off the map. My only rule for this trip was that we couldn’t say we were in a state or more to the point that Luna was in a state unless we spent the night. So the Old Man mapped us out a not so direct route from Cheyenne to Milwaukee.
First stop was the small, but cute town of Hill City, KS. The town was small but it offered up a nice park for us to park for free and had free water! The dogs enjoyed roaming around off their leashes, but not super happy about how noisy our cow neighbors were. Those who grew up on farms probably already know this, but cows are noisy, but I love them so I thought it was cool. Simon not so much, he is very anti cow.
My only complaint about our cool spot was that it must be where the Hill City youth go to smoke weed, drink, and do other things teenagers do as we had many visitors that drove by slowed saw us and kept going. I did get a run in and the city was quaint and I really want everyone to help save small towns. I have no plan but towns like Hill City need to be preserved as their is so much history in them and so few people. I can only imagine it is a great place to raise kids if you are into that kind of thing.
After my run we filled up on free water, used the towns free dump (love you Hill City) spent some money on breakfast to pay for our free water and dump and then headed off to see the largest ball of twine. We had no real need to see it, but after the Old Man saw it on our route to Nebraska we figured why the heck not.
I worked the Old Man drove and soon we were parked next to the largest ball of twine. We met two friends who had just retired and were touring parts of Kansas they had not seen even with living in Kansas. More people (including myself) should really do this you never seem to explore your own city, town, state and in most cases a lot can be seen in a long weekend. The ball of twine was just as you expect a giant ball of twine covered by a gazebo. The pups were not impressed, but it was fun and we got some more stories for our Loquacious Luna segment that one day will be in the making or so I dream. If nothing else I love hearing people's stories and in so many cases as much as they are different they are the same as well.. See we really aren’t that different, but I digress…...bye giant ball of twine hello Nebraska.
The Old Man found us a great parking spot near some water (I really really miss water) but was near enough to Lincoln NE that we could get into town to work and explore. The co-working space in Lincoln was amazing and their internet was blazing fast so we were able to not only work, but get some personal stuff up and downloaded. Hello new audible books!
We had the most amazing lunch at Blue Sushi Sake Grill (which I just now learned is a chain oops) the sushi was amazing and the miso soup was the best the Old Man and I have ever had. Fed and happy it was time to finish up work.
The Old Man finished up work and went to take a nap in the van while I toured around Lincoln, NE for a bit. I saw the stadium where the University of Nebraska plays, the capital building and of course a really pretty Catholic Church. I got back to the van to a not so napping Old Man and we headed to pick the pups up from doggie daycare and head to our home for the night.
A luxurious slow start and then we headed out for breakfast at Engine Cafe and to do some laundry right next door. Clean clothes, clean sheets and it was time to head to Omaha where the Old Man found a cigar bar showing the fight.
We didn’t get to tour Omaha too much I did a bit with the dogs after I WENT TO CHURCH (I know are you impressed) I will say I prefer Lincoln to Omaha, but I wasn’t really a huge fan of Nebraska not enough water.
We made our way to Iowa, spent the night at a pretty state park to cover the spending the night rule. I got to run in Iowa and man it was amazing. I wish we would have planned more time here, but such is life. Our next stop Minnesota home my infamous dad and then on to Wisconsin.